Testing, testing…

(tap tap) This thing on?

Okay, I’m still having some difficulties here but apparently I have my internet service back. Just a little misunderstanding, Officer.

Unfortunately, every time I try to view the TUAK homepage I get a Wildblue nastygram that…well, I don’t know why it’s there but I’m trying to route around it.

Seriously, guys, I’ve got to find a way to ditch this satellite link. Ian’s got a better connection with his tiny little hotspot, and he’s inside a concrete cave. Technology has moved on since this dish was cool, and I am so thoroughly sick of Wildblue. But the only people marketing hotspots that don’t have confiscatory monthly plans is Freedompop, and the cellular network they use doesn’t exist around here at all.

I’ve got to go shit-shoveling while it’s still relatively cool. Back later.

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10 Responses to Testing, testing…

  1. None Revealed says:

    Nope, I don’t hear a thing. Try again.

  2. Expat says:

    Verison has a hotspot. I use it here in the boondocks with a Wilson booster and get 4 bars and half assed service. 10 gigs a month for $100.

  3. MamaLiberty says:

    YAY!! Joel is back. :)

  4. Joel says:

    Unfortunately I can’t currently afford $100/mo. The one virtue of the current Wildblue account is that it costs $50 (with 750 meg monthly download limit, yuck) and half the time I can’t afford that.

    But seriously, right now my satellite modem is barely connecting at all. I’m not sure it’ll post this comment.

  5. Ian says:

    Expat – that’s exactly the setup I use. Minimum service is 4 gigs/mo at $50, and then an extra $10 per 2 gigs of data.

  6. Ben says:

    Wallmart has an offering or two for hotspots. I pay $15/month for their cheapest prepaid service

  7. s says:

    Why not Hughes? http://internet.hughesnet.com/plans-and-pricing.html
    They claim to offer service in your area, $40/month for the first 3 months, add $10 if you want to rent their equipment, or shell out $300 to buy it.

    Sounds like $50 a month for three months, then $60 a month. Installation is free, at least until the end of June. The base package is 5 GB/month anytime, 5 GB/month off peak.

    I’ve had a look behind the scenes at Hughes, pretty sturdy infrastructure. NFI. I know nothing about customer support in your particular boonies, but hopefully you won’t need much of that.

  8. coloradohermit says:

    Glad you’re back! And I hate to ask, but….. you have checked that your dish is secure and not blowing in the breeze again? Sorry. Had to ask.

  9. Joel says:

    No reason to apologize, that may actually be the problem. I’ve got the damned thing propped up with a 2X4 and it probably is poorly aimed. I need one of those gadgets the service guys use that tests the signal strength at the dish, but I don’t have one.

  10. Ben says:

    You don’t really need the gadget, although that makes aiming far easier and less dangerous. There is almost certainly a magic IP address that will get you into the administration menu of your sat receiver, and you can probably read your signal strength there.

To the stake with the heretic!